Pts’aans Laay̓ Tx̱ux Ii Xsgaak

Sim’oogit: Laay̓
Pdeeḵ: Lax̱sgiik
Wilnaat’ahl: Lax̱-w̓isax
Wilp: Laay̓
Miinhl Gihlee’e: Oyee
Gan’agwit: 55 feet
K’uuhl wil gahlkwt: circa 1870s

Wilaa jabihl Adoḵs w̓itkw hli ts’iw̓int

1. X̱sgaak
2. Ḵ’aat, ii x̱ts’in̓akwhl g̱an
3. Ts’al̓a gat tḵ’al-wanhl tx̱alpx̱ hasg̱alx ahl hli t’img̱est
4. Ts’imilx
5. Ansgiy̓st
6. Hagwil̓ooḵ’am ts’im-aks
7. Nax̱nog̱am tx̱ux hloḵ’gwit Gunas

Pts’aanim x̱sgaak g̱anhl tx̱uxhl sim’oogit Laay̓. G̱alts’abim Gwinwoḵ wil ksg̱oog̱am hitkwt, g̱agigeenihl Ank’idaa g̱anhl Git-iks. Hlaa pdaahl ḵ’alii-aksim Lisims 1917 ii n̓iwilt yo’okshl aks ii n̓iwilt jag̱am- guutdiit ahl g̱alts’abim Git-iks, ii n̓iwilt huxw hit’indiit. N̓i wilt giikwhl UBC Museum 1947. N̓i wil luu-hitkwt ahl UBC Museum ahl anthropology ahl sa tgun.

K’iil’iks adaawaḵhl ptsaan ts’iuuxw dim wila n’eesda’ahl adaawaḵ

Eagle-Halibut Pole of Laay̓

Chief: Laay̓
Tribe: Eagle
Clan: Lax̱-w̓isax
House: Laay̓
Carver: Oyee
Height: 55 feet
Year: circa 1870s

Crest figures from top to bottom:

1. Eagle
2. Shark with long plain section of pole
3. Human face surmounted by four cylinders
4. Beaver
5. Burial box
6. Man Underneath
7. Spirit-Halibut swallowing Gunas

The Eagle-Halibut pole of Laay̓ was first erected at the village of Gwinwoḵ, further upriver from Ank’idaa and Gitiks. During a severe flood of the Nass River around the year 1900, the pole was washed downriver and eventually re-erected at Gitiks. The pole was purchased by the University of British Columbia in 1947, and today it stands at the UBC Museum of Anthropology.

Click 'Story of the Pole' below to continue the story.

Pictures of Eagle-Halibut Pole of Laay̓ in Gitiks (click for larger image)

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